Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world that they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children to feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
Our music curriculum is comprised of four elements (objectives); to describe, to compose, to transcribe and to perform. We believe all pupils should have the opportunity to create, play, perform and enjoy music, whilst developing the skills to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms. Children participate in weekly music sessions where experiences are varied and linked to the class topic where possible. In these sessions we aim to promote creativity and to engage and inspire pupils to apply skills. We are currently using Charanga to support teaching of music in our classrooms. We will be looking into digital links to promote creativity further in the future.
All children will have the opportunity to learn to-
• Use their voices expressively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
• Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
• Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
• Make and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
• Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using voice and playing instruments with increasing accuracy, control and expression.
• Improvise and compose music using the inter-related dimensions of music separately and in combination.
• Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory.
• Use and understand the basics of the stave and other musical notations.
• Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music from different traditions and from great musicians and composers.
• Develop an understanding of the history of music.